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Revista de Salud Pública

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CAMPO-ARIAS, Adalberto; HERAZO, Edwin  and  OVIEDO, Heidi C. Psychometric assessment of a brief Modern Racism Scale. Rev. salud pública [online]. 2016, vol.18, n.3, pp.437-446. ISSN 0124-0064.

Objective To find the internal consistency of the Modern Racism Scale (MRS) among medical students in Bucaramanga, Colombia. Methods A total of 352 medical students, mean age=20.0 years (SD=1.9) reported their attitudes towards Afro-Colombians; 59.4 % were women. Students completed the 10-item version of MRS. Cronbach alpha and McDonald omega were calculated. Exploratory factor analyses were done to propose a brief version of the MRS. Results The 10-item version showed a Cronbach alpha of 0.48 and a McDonald omega of 0.15. The short version, the Brief Modern Racism Scale (BMRS) (items 1, 4, 5, 7 and 8) presented a Cronbach alpha of 0.64 and McDonald omega of 0.65. The BMRS showed one salient factor responsible of 41.6 % of the total variance. Conclusions A Spanish-language short version of the MRS shows better psychometric performance than the original version. Further study is needed to corroborate these findings or make adjustments for Colombian cultural regions.

Keywords : Prejudice; racism; reproducibility of results; medical students; validation studies.

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